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CAPT Bill Fels
Crossed the Bar
September 13, 2005

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Memorial Contributions in memory of CAPT Bill Fels may be made to:

American Heart Association
Stroke Division
 Americanheart.org
or call 1-800-842-8721

11/21/05 - from Bob Hallock

Carol,
 
I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend at Arlington last week, but please know 
that my thoughts were with you and your family. On Thursday I arrived in New  
London for our last meeting of the CGA Alumni Association for the year. As I  
told you earlier, Ann, my wife and I were going to donate a model of the Eagle  
to the new building and decided to dedicate it to Bill. Below are a couple 
of  pictures that I thought that you might like to see.
 
The model is in the library section and I sat for a few minutes and looked  
through our yearbook. It was fun and sad to look at our old pictures,  
particularly those of the sailing team of Hallock, Fels, and Baley. What  
incredible memories those days are, and of course Bill was such a part
of those memories.
 
Carol, Ann and I pray for you and Bill every day. I know the next couple of  
months will be difficult, but I know that you realize the support that is out  
there if you ever need anything.
 
Bob Hallock


      

11/21/05 - from Carol Ann

    Carol Ann sent a note saying the internment was "so wonderful" and the service at Arlington was "GREAT".  She was impressed that over 150 were there and "loves the fact that the class of 72 stands behind their friends".

11/20/05 - Hampton Beasley

   Just a quick update to Jim Morton's post to the class website regarding Bill Fels' service at Arlington last week. There were actually 24 classmates who attended (and several wives as well) that I could recall, maybe one or two more if my memory is faulty. Everyone that I could remember is listed below.  Not that the number matters to anyone, but it was the largest gathering of classmates I have seen outside of the big homecoming/reunion years at the Academy, and a nice tribute to Bill that so many attended. 

Regards, 
Hampton 

1. Hampton Beasley
2. Rich Buckingham 
3. Tim Doherty 
4. Mike Egan 
5. Dave Engan 
6. Fred Gill 
7. Tom Gilmour 
8. Tim Healey 
9. Norm Henslee 
10. Jeff Hill 
11. Chuck Klingler 
12. Bruce Kreger 
13. John Larned 
14. Jim McCarthy 
15. Jim McEntire 
16. Jim Morton 
17. Brad Niesen 
18. Tom Paar 
19. Steve Poole 
20. Mike Ragsdale 
21. Pat Stillman 
22. Ben Stoppe 
23. Dave Walts 
24. Bill Wissman


 

11/18/05 - Jim Morton sent these photos of the ceremony on Nov 14th:

    We had 20 of the Class at the Arlington service for Billy. In addition there were another 50+ from CGHQ and family. It was a perfect day with wonderful weather, a touching remembrance of Bill's service to his country and his development of his faith, and great to see so many from the class. - Jim


Honor Guard prepares to deliver flag to RADM Kevin Eldridge.


Presentation of the flag to Carol Fels.


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Memorial Contributions in memory of CAPT Bill Fels may be made to:

American Heart Association
Stroke Division
 Americanheart.org
or call 1-800-842-8721

Internment will be: 

Nov 14, 2005, 1:00 pm
Arlington National Cemetery

   - A reception follows at the Women in the Military Service for America

Memorial Contributions in memory of CAPT Bill Fels may be made to:

American Heart Association
Stroke Division
 Americanheart.org
or call 1-800-842-8721

Add'l Info for Internment

From:   Graham, Bruce CDR 
Sent:   Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:53 AM
To:     Blaney, Hank
Cc:     Gilmour, Thomas RADM; Skuby, Tim CAPT
Subject:        Capt Fels' Arlington Service, 14 Nov

Sir,

Admiral Gilmour asked me to get you some driving and parking guidance for Captain Fels' burial service that you could share with all your classmates.  Please pass this information along and if I can be of any further help just let me know.

At www.arlingtoncemetery.org/directions.html  there are directions for driving to Arlington National Cemetery from almost any direction in the National Capital Region.

The entrance to the cemetery is Memorial Drive, there will be a traffic guide who will be directing all traffic into the pay parking facility for visitors ($1.25 for the first 3 hours and $2 an hour after that). If you are here for a funeral, stay to the right on Memorial Drive and inform the traffic guide that you are here for the Captain Fels funeral. You will then continue on Memorial Drive. At the end of the street, turn left into the cemetery and park in the Administration Building parking lot and enter the Administration Building.  The family will have a room assigned to them where they will assemble prior to the graveside service.

At this point in time we don't know exactly where the graveside service will be held, it may be a short walk from the Admin Building or not, and the weather may also be a consideration, in deciding whether to leave your vehicle at the Admin Building parking lot and walking to the gravesite or driving to the gravesite.  The reception after the graveside service will be in the Women's Memorial.  If you drive to the gravesite and then drive back to the reception the nearest parking will be the admin building, however traffic guides may direct you out the front entrance to the visitors parking, which is a much longer walk to the Women's Memorial than the admin building parking lot.

The funeral party will meet at the Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building at 1200 hours on 14 November 2005.

The Full Honors funeral is scheduled for 14 November 2005 at 1300.  The service will begin with a procession and end with a brief service at the graveside. 

Service Dress Blue (Bravo) is the preferred uniform for all Coast Guard attendees (except the honorary pallbearers and escort commander).

If I can be of any further assistance, do not hesitate to ask.  My number is 202-267-2388.

Very Respectfully,
Bruce Graham, CDR
Chief, Admin & Coord Staff
Office of Marine Safety, Security
and Environmental Protection
COMDT (G-M-1)
Phone xxx-xxx-xxxx

(Bob Innes' quote was edited and provided to D11 by Gordo Hanson.).

 

Photos sent by Jim Morton of Bill's Internment on Nov 14, 2005


Honor Guard prepares to deliver flag to RADM Kevin Eldridge.


Presentation of the flag to Carol Fels.


Memorial pictures & guest book.